KLM announced a partnership with Dutch chef Jonnie Boer this week, adding yet another name to the roster of kitchen superstars providing our in-flight meals.
From December 1, business class passengers onboard the flag-carrier of the Netherlands will be able to enjoy traditional Dutch food designed by Boer, whose Restaurant de Librije is ranked as one of the best in the world.
Menu selections will be accompanied by wines selected by his wife Therese Boer and served on tableware created by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.
Although researchers recently proved that the background noise onboard aircraft can affect the tastiness of the food, it hasn’t stopped the world’s airlines looking for big names to help them push the premium in-flight dining experience.
As of this month, passengers aboard some American Airlines flights can choose from dishes created by Darren McGrady, the former Private Chef to Princess Diana, who has selected dishes including cottage pie, stuffed chicken, beef roulade or oatmeal-crusted pork.
Hong Kong flag-carrier Cathay Pacific also launched a partnership with five-star chefs in September, showcasing some of the country’s top culinary talent.
Participating chefs include Chef Chan Sui-kei of the Celestial Court Chinese Restaurant at Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers, Chef Kenny Chan Kai-tak of the Yunyan Sichuan Restaurant at The Miramar Group, Chef Cheng Kam-fu of Celebrity Cuisine, Chefs Lau Kin-wai & Lau Chun (father & son) of Kin’s Kitchen & Yellow Door Kitchen and Chef Li Shu-tim of One Harbour Road at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant.
Qantas, which has a long-standing relationship with Sydney chef Neil Perry, serves dishes from an eight-course tasting menu in First and a multi-course restaurant-style dinner in Business Class.
Lufthansa has also confirmed that Business and First class dishes in January and February next year will be created by Luxembourger celebrity chef LÃ©a Linster.
Despite all this star power, the world’s best premium in-flight food comes from Middle Eastern airlines.
Etihad and Qantas were awarded Best Onboard Catering in First and Business Class respectively at this year’s World Airline Awards.